Elan – the winner of the 2011 vinblue “Best Shed” award – and a very fine shed it is too:

Elan Vineyard cellar door

As with Main Ridge Estate, if you want to touch the heart of wine making on the Mornington Peninsula, then you have to pay Elan a visit.  Elan is on the MPVA map and is only open on public holidays and the first weekend of the month – and that is the first weekend where both the Saturday and Sunday fall into the month.

Invariably you will be met at the cellar door by Selma, and therein lies the charm of this place.  Selma and her family look after the grapes and make the wine.  In that shed you’ll see the press, the tanks, the barrels and even some of the lab equipment.  It’s as real as it gets.

The wine just gets better and better.  The Gamay was always a bit problematic, but now in a Rose form it’s great.  The reisling has become a sticky “Dessert Riesling” and is delicious.  There is a really well made sparkling wine and some impressive reds.  My favourite at the moment is the Merlot.

The wines at Elan Vineyard cellar door

In the past the Shiraz picked up the best red wine in show at the Red Hill Cool Climate Wine Show.  Prices are in the low AUD$20 range.

S – good value